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2021 Preview - Young Guns set to take Centre Stage   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 4/03/2021 at 3:18:11 PM 
This year’s Australian Formula 3 Championship is shaping up to be a battle of the young guns with the addition of some new faces to this year’s grid.

Returning from 2019 in upgraded machinery, Ryan Astley from 99 Motorsport will be eyeing race and round wins in his newly acquired Dallara F311, to build on the impressive start to his Formula 3 career. The Queensland teenager was fast in his older Dallara F304 taking numerous National Class podiums.

Reigning champions R-Tek Motorsport have also attracted young blood with Taiwanese driver Ray-Yu Wang joining the team from karting and a short stint racing in Asia. Wang will have the driver unbeaten in every race of the 2019 Australian Formula 3 Championship, John Magro as his driver coach and will be expecting to get up to speed quickly to be a real force in 2021.

Tim Macrow Racing will also be fielding a young gun in the making with gun karter Ben Taylor stepping up to the category. 17 year old Taylor started karting only 3 years ago running in club and Australian Kart Championship events, also competing successfully in Las Vegas against some of the world’s best. Team owner Tim Macrow is confident in his ability. “Ben came to the team straight out of karts and through our testing program hit every target and is set to be right up the front.” Macrow said.

Keeping the teenagers in check in the 08/11 machinery will be the experience Roman Krumins and Ross McAlpine. McAlpine has been a regular face amongst the Formula 3 paddock over the years as has Krumins, the latter who has moved to Gilmour racing is coming off three consecutive National Class Championships with R-Tek Motorsport.

Drivers in the slightly older model cars will also feature in the Championship points score for this year as well as the National Class Championship. Last year’s runner-up, Gerrit Ruff will be looking to make up for last year’s heartbreak where a DNF in the final race saw the title slip from his grasp. New to the category Max de Meyrick will be hoping he can stop Ruff for another year driving the R-Tek Motorsport Dallara F307 after producing some very competitive testing times.

Joining R-Tek Motorsport also is Mitch Neilson. Neilson, the 2018 NSW Supersports champion has recently raced in the Asian Le Mans Series driving a Ligier JS P217 at The Bend in 2020. Completing the entry-list is newcomer Matthew Vanderburg who is hoping to gain as much experience as possible driving Formula 3 for the first time in 2021.

There has been strong interest in the category for 2021 with more drivers set to join the grid for round 2.

Cars hit the track for practice Friday morning in preparation for round 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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